Mission and Goals

Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC) is a comprehensive, public institution of higher education that awards associate degrees and certificates. As part of the Virginia Community College System, PVCC serves the City of Charlottesville and the counties of Albemarle, Buckingham, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa and Nelson.


We strengthen our community by empowering students to realize their full potential and achieve economic and social mobility through the transformative power of education.


We will transform the lives of students and the communities we serve through accessible, equitable and innovative education, training and cultural enrichment.


We are committed to a welcoming, inclusive and student-centered learning environment where we prioritize student success, lifelong learning and community engagement.

Access: We believe that a high-quality, affordable education should be accessible to everyone, providing students
with the preparation for transfer to baccalaureate degree programs and/or to enter or advance in high-demand
occupations aligned with the needs of our regional economy.

Community: We take pride in developing innovative programs that meet the needs of our students and the
community while contributing to the economic, civic and cultural well-being of our region and beyond.

Compassion: We approach education with a culture of care, recognizing the individual needs and potential of
everyone in the college community.

Equity: We embrace impartial and fair policies and practices that ensure the success of all students, faculty
and staff.

Excellence: We strive for excellence in all aspects of education, including teaching, support services and facilities.

Learning: We encourage intellectual curiosity, creative problem-solving, lifelong learning and the exchange of
ideas among our students, staff and faculty.


Opportunity 2030 is the strategic plan that will guide Virginia’s community colleges over the next six years. The plan went into effect July 1, 2021; updates were approved March 21, 2024. The overarching goal is:

Award 300,000 cumulative meaningful credentials by 2030 by achieving equity in access, learning outcomes, and success for students from every race, ethnicity, gender, and socioeconomic group. Cumulative Meaningful Credentials: All degrees, diplomas, certificates, career studies certificates awarded and Fast Forward credentials reported within the academic year. Baseline: AY 2021.

Piedmont Virginia Community College's goals are strategically linked to the Opportunity 2030 plan.